Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Superman #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

A Night Out At The County Fair

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Eradicator story in the previous issues of Superman, what I was a big fan of was the family moments between our Man of Steel, Lois and Jon.  I could sit and read about them just doing day to day stuff, like running errands, cleaning the house and even waiting at the DMV to get their licences renewed...... but maybe that's just me.  I love the Superman family and with us jumping into a new story, I hope that we can continue the things that I love, while also getting to see a little bit of Superman going on........... Okay, that's enough pretending, that's exactly what we get here so let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Superman getting back to being the Superman we all know and love and he does this by first helping some astronauts repair their solar panels and then because the night was still young, helping Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman with whatever problems they had at the time and even though everyone seemed to be grateful except for Batman, we all know that it's all a big front because even Batman can't help at smile in knowing that Superman is back........ even if it's not the one he once knew.  It's Superman and that's all that matters....... Especially once the sun rises and we see our Man of Steel head home to greet his family and make a plan for all of them to spend the day together.

It's the last day of the Hamilton County Fair and after getting breakfast at a local diner, Clark decides that it's time to become a part of the community and take in all that it has to offer..... Which just leads to some humorous moments because before he could convince Lois that this would simply be a family affair, he had to first promise that there wouldn't be any super heroics and even gave Lois his cape so she could be certain that he'd keep his promise.  Which of course couldn't possibly lead to Clark having to be super in secret.......... Oh yeah, it definitely does.  So while the family is having fun and interacting with their new neighbors the Branden's, who you might remember as Jon's first friend in this book Kathy Branden and her grandfather Cobb Branden, Clark has to excuse himself to stop a couple of no good kids from robbing the ticket booth of the Fair.

As our issue ends, we see Clark catching up with his family and just making it to the last ride of the roller coaster so that the entire family can watch the fireworks with the best seats possible, but as the ride starts, two Fair workers talk about how somebody stopped a robbery, wearing a medieval cape from a display and because they accidentally have this conversation with the microphone on, Lois hears the whole thing and gets more and more annoyed as the ride moves away.  We finally end our issue with Clark and Jon having smiles on their faces as the coaster begins rolling down and as Lois begins yelling.  It's hilarious and I loved it so damn much.

That's it for this issue of Superman and I have to tell you, I loved the art in this issue more than I have any other and with a series that looks as great as this one does, that's hard to do.  Everything that this art team brought us here is golden and on top of that, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason brought me everything that I wanted from this Superman series with this issue.  I know, people want to read Superman for Superman, but ever since the Lois and Clark title, I've just wanted to see these characters be a family with the added dynamic that two thirds of them happen to be super....... and for how much people have been enjoying this series, maybe I'm not alone.  This was just a great issue to see the heart that the Pre-Flashpoint Superman and his family bring to this Universe, while still invoking laughs along the way.  Just a amazing issue that gives you the Superman you want right off the bat before moving into the family time that centers this hero.  

Bits and Pieces:

This is the issue I've been waiting for when it comes to this series and it delivers on all fronts.  The story is well written and gives us heart and humor, plus the super heroics we've come to expect, while also showing us what a Super Family does when it's time to put the cape down and spend a little time together.  On top of all that, the art in this issue is probably the best I've seen from this series and even though I know we'll have to get to some terrible evil that Clark will have to take on, I wish we could just continue seeing a day in the life of the Superman Family like this issue gives us.



  1. I couldn't agree more Eric! This issue has all of the things that made me love the Max Landis American Alien series. There were even a few panels that looked like they were taken directly from that run. After years of waiting and hoping, I'm finally getting what I want out of the main Superman series. This was a fantastic issue. It makes Superman relatable. I especially loved the panels on the roller coaster. You understood exactly what everyone was feeling by the art alone. I'm glad you didn't give this issue a 10 though...even though this issue is great, because I'd hate for you to stop reading comics.

  2. This was one of my fav comics of the week for sure, smile on my face the whole time. Great Score!

  3. Great little issue with the smith family everything here just works and it shows Clark as a great dad and husband and yea the Eradicator sucked (both n52 and rebirth) but his story did give us lois in hellbat so still loved it lol

  4. I've never really been a Superman fan, but I really enjoyed this story. I'd put this at the top of my stack this week.

    1. I think this might be my pick of the week easily!

  5. Best. Issue. Of. Rebirth Superman. So. Far. ! BOOM.

  6. It certainly was a good week for Superman and in turn, Superman fans.

  7. I love the art in this book, it's so freaking perfect!! Not sure if it's Jimenez or Sanchez or perhaps they make the PERFECT art team. This issue could have been some of Jim's hot messy diarrhea and I still would have loved it with this perfect art. Did I mention that the art in this book is perfect. Story kicked some ass too, easily a 10 for me.

  8. I completely agree with everything in the review. I'm glad the creators are committed to the family dynamic. For me it's the most exciting part of Rebirth.

  9. Between the issues of Superman, Green Lanterns, and Trinity, there has been lot of grounded character development that are pretty essential and make for a good start for the next arc (trinity is just starting).